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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Preventing Cancer with a Low Calorie Diet

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Eat Foods on the Low End of the Glycemic Index to Live Longer!


Cutting back on calories may be the silver bullet when it comes to cancer prevention. Why, and what foods are best?
 
Cancer Prevention Factors

According to the book, The Okinawa Program written by Bradley J. Willcox, MD, D. Craig Willcox, PhD, and Makoto Suzuki, MD, there are eight factors that protect against hormone-dependent cancers:

1. Low Calories

2. Vegetables and Fruits

3. Good Fats

4. Low glycemic index and High-fiber foods

5. Flavonoids

6. Moderate alcohol consumption

7. Low body fat levels

8. High level of physical activity
The doctors have placed "low calories" as the number one factor for a reason.!
Low Calorie Studies

The National Institute on Aging has conducted studies of primates in regard to a low-calorie diet. Their studies show that a low-calorie diet improves blood sugar control, provides mental sharpness and creates a younger looking and leaner body.

During their study, the research group for The Okinawa Program, monitored caloric intake in Okinawans in an effort to understand the secrets of this population who they herald as being the "world's longest-lived people" who have achieved, "healthy longevity". They found that Okinawans traditionally eat 40 percent fewer calories than North Americans. Their caloric reduction has been noticed by the New England Journal of Medicine, which suggests it to be one of the reasons that Okinawans have such a long-life expectancy.

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5 Health Websites Worth Bookmarking

Online Medical Resources that Will Help You Stay Informed and Healthy


When you need information on health-related topics, the internet is a powerful tool. Whether you need quick emergency information, detailed explanation of a recent medical diagnosis or recipes for a special diet, it's easy to get answers with just a few clicks. Here are five websites that will help you find valuable medical information fast!

MayoClinic.com

The Mayo Clinic describes itself on its website as follows: "The Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness." Mayo Clinic has physical medical facilities in Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida and Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, but no matter where you live, you can access their expertise any time of day online! Their website provides health information and medical opinions regarding a wide variety of diseases and their symptoms, drugs, and nutritional supplements. They explain medical testing and procedures, offer first aid advice, and are a free healthy lifestyle advisor. I highly recommend using the Mayo Clinic Health Manager as a tool to maintain your health records and obtain your health risks for various conditions.

Wellsphere.com

Wellsphere employs the expertise of a long list of knowledgeable partners and medical experts in an effort to help their readers live healthier and happier lives. Their WellPages section acts as the centerpost for finding information on almost every health topic imaginable. Just enter your medical concern into the search box to be connected to the section that relates to your issue. There you can review articles on the topic, review the most popular Q&A's, join a community or watch a related video. If you are going out to dinner, you can review menu choices through their Wellternatives tool to determine the healthy-eating rating of the restaurant and the nutritional values of your typical menu choice. If there is a healthier alternative it will be recommended.

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Good Food Sources of Vitamin A

Staying healthy isn't just about our weight! Read up!


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Vitamin A: An Essential Nutrient for Eye Health


Vitamin A is required for healthy eyes, specifically the retina. It is also required for for strong teeth, healthy skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes and skin. Additionally, it plays an important role in reproduction, immune function, cell division and hormone synthesis.

How Much Vitamin A is Required for Good Health?

The recommended dietary allowance for Vitamin A depends on a person's age and gender, and increased amounts are required during pregnancy and lactation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that 3 cups of dark, leafy green vegetables and 2 cups orange vegetables will easily meet your required daily dose of Vitamin A. To determine your personal daily requirement check MSN's Nutrient Library chart here.

Vitamin A Deficiency Symptoms

One third of children under five have Vitamin A deficiency, which equates to approximately 670,000 children around the globe! The largest incidence of Vitamin A deficiency occurs in Southeast Asia and Africa, and according to Wikipedia, 500,000 children become blind each year due to this deficiency.

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Join the Healthy Halloween Movement

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Childhood Diabetes and Obesity Scream Out for More Spooky and Less Candy!


Halloween is the night when ghouls and witches are allowed to roam the neighborhood for a reward of candy and treats. But with diabetes and obesity nearly epidemic in the U.S., it's time to look at ways to keep the spooky alive while focusing less on unhealthy sweets.

Diabetes and Obesity Statistics

Halloween can pose a medical dilemma for millions of people who want to participate in the scariest of all nights!

Diabetes: The American Diabetes Association website states that 23.6 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes (almost 8% of all Americans) with another 57 million people pre-diabetic. Additionally, one in every 400 to 600 children has type1 diabetes, with another 2 million children aged 12-19 pre-diabetic.

Obesity: The CDC has stated that obesity in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past twenty years with thirty-three states claiming 25% of its population as obese. 17% of children and adolescents under nineteen are obese in our country, with an astonishing 10% of children between the ages of 2 to 5 considered obese!


NYC: Healthy Halloween and Green Halloween Team up

Last year on October 1, 2009, a Healthy Halloween pilot program was launched in New York City in response to the childhood diabetes and obesity epidemic our country faces. It was called Green Halloween in NYC, which included street parties, complete with a gala costume affair, street artists , DJs, parades and floats. Their goal was to put the kabosh on "sugary snacks" and "cheap throwaway plastic decorations", replacing them with creative fun and healthy food.

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